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Director  Sidney Lumet
Music director  Charles Strouse
Country  United States
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  January 18, 1980 (1980-01-18)
Writer  Jay Presson Allen (novel), Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)
Awards  David di Donatello for Best Foreign Screenplay
Cast  Ali MacGraw (Bones Burton), Alan King (Max Herschel), Myrna Loy (Stella Liberti), Keenan Wynn (Seymour Berger), Tony Roberts (Mike Berger), Peter Weller (Steven Routledge)
Similar movies  Self/less, Birdman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Salt, Straight Outta Compton, A Walk Among the Tombstones
Tagline  Anything - and everything - can be a weapon in the war between the sexes.

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Just Tell Me What You Want is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Lumet. It stars Ali MacGraw, Peter Weller and Alan King, and was also Myrna Loy's final film.


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The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen, adapted from her novel, won her the David di Donatello Award for Best Screenplay of a Foreign Film.

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To date, this is MacGraw's last leading role in a film.

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Max Herschel, the married, wealthy, vulgar, egotistical, middle-aged head of a corporate empire, is satisfied with the somewhat casual love/hate relationship he shares with his mistress and protegee, television producer "Bones" Burton, just as it is, but she wants a more serious commitment.

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The young woman attempts to extricate herself from the affair—or perhaps force her lover into taking the next, more permanent step—by dating a younger man, off-off-Broadway playwright Steven Routledge. Max, however, is not a man to accept defeat in any of his endeavors, and he retaliates with a vengeance.

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The two engage in an escalating battle of wits, with Max discovering money can't resolve everything when he is outsmarted by business rival Seymour Berger and his grandson Mike. It leads to a comic fight between Max and Bones at New York's Bergdorf Goodman.


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  • Alan King ..... Max Herschel
  • Ali MacGraw ..... Bones Burton
  • Peter Weller ..... Steven Routledge
  • Keenan Wynn ..... Seymour Berger
  • Tony Roberts ..... Mike Berger
  • Myrna Loy ..... Stella Liberti
  • Dina Merrill ..... Connie Herschel
  • Judy Kaye ..... Baby
  • Joseph Maher ..... Dr. Coleson
  • Production credits

  • Original Music ..... Charles Strouse
  • Cinematography ..... Oswald Morris
  • Production Design ..... Tony Walton
  • Art Direction ..... John Jay Moore
  • Set Decoration ..... Robert Drumheller, Justin Scoppa, Jr.
  • Costume Design ..... Gloria Gresham, Tony Walton
  • Production

    The film features the last motion picture performance of Myrna Loy, who plays Herschel's confidential secretary.

    Interiors of the Warner Bros. release were filmed at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York, with Manhattan exteriors (and the scene inside Bergdorf Goodman) shot on location.

    Critical reception

    In his review in Time, Frank Rich stated, "After a brisk 20 minutes, the movie loses its assurance and sense of purpose. Indeed, Jay Presson Allen's screenplay reels around like a drunken sailor. From moment to moment, Just Tell Me is a somber and confusingly plotted story of corporate power struggles, a syrupy account of a love triangle, and a sloppy satire of show business . . . There are still some bright moments, but they are separated by flaccid, poorly connected scenes that go nowhere at great length. The few high points belong to King and MacGraw. [He] is too much of a pussycat to convey the hero's toughness, but he delivers Allen's best sallies with crackling speed . . . Though MacGraw is no comedian, she is animated and playful for the first time in memory."


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